23.02.2011 -

UNESCO Director-General opens ECOSOC Philanthropy meeting in New York (28 February)


“Partnering with the philanthropic community to promote education for all”, a special event of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is taking place in New York on 28 February.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, is participating in the opening session along with Lazarous Kapambwe, ECOSOC President, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN and Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and 27th Governor-General of Canada.

“Education saves lives, leads to better health, raises income and productivity, empowers girls and women and promotes responsible citizenship.  There is no better investment in the future," says UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.  "The philanthropic community already plays a very important role in increasing learning opportunities and stimulating innovation. We need to strengthen this dialogue and work together with governments and communities to accelerate progress and enable all children, youth and adults to enjoy access to quality education.”

Personalities from the development community will engage in dialogues on enabling greater access for girls and boys to complete primary education and promoting education and training for tomorrow’s economy. The dialogues will be followed by a call to action - announcements of the launching of initiatives – moderated by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University.

The meeting takes place in advance of the 2011 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education” (Geneva, Switzerland, July) and is organized by the UN Department of Economic And Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with UNESCO, UNICEF, and the UN Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.  

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